La Costa Meadows Families and Community Members,

I consider it a true honor to be serving as the principal of La Costa Meadows Elementary School for my third year, and a blessing to be a member of the LCM Community. I began my career in education at La Costa Meadows as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. I know this is a great place for children and families to learn and grow. Throughout the years my family and I have attended Springfests, our famous Halloween Carnival, Picnic in the Park, and many other community events. La Costa Meadows feels like home and I am thankful to work at this great school.

Throughout my career I have had the benefit of working closely with Jennifer Carter, and Andrea Holmes, our previous principals, and have learned from their exceptional leadership. My career has been enriched by a wide variety of opportunities including serving as a teacher leader for the Essential Elements of Instruction, a One-to-One technology pilot teacher, participating in the districts American History Foundations grant, and serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment helping with the implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

As an educator I value hard work, character education, and continuous learning for our students and staff.

Thank you for your continued support,

Adam D. Klimas


(760) 290-2121

Julie and Boys

I am honored to begin my second year as the assistant principal at La Costa Meadows Elementary. I wake up each and every day excited to come to work, as LCM is such a special place to be. I have been in SMUSD since 2001, working as a teacher and at the district level on multiple committees and cadres. A few of my responsibilities have included the Essential Elements of Instruction Cadre, California Teaching Induction Support Provider, NGSS Science Cadre, Student Study Team Leader, a Cooperating Teacher for teachers in training, and the On-Site Liaison for CSUSM's Student Teacher program. These roles have sparked my passion for instructional leadership. 

I have three teenage boys. My oldest son just graduated from SMHS and will be going to Marine Bootcamp and MOS training over the next year. In the fall of 2019, he will be attending SDSU, while completing a Marine Officer Program. My other boys attend San Marcos High School. My middle son is a junior and is a running back on the Knight's Varsity Football Team, as well as a sprinter on the Varsity Track Team. My youngest is a freshman. He plays both the acoustic and electric guitar, and is on the Freshman Football Team.

I am thrilled to be a part of the LCM family, building relationships with the staff, students, parents, and community. I am looking forward to another fantastic year!

Julie Stephens

Assistant Principal

(760) 290-2121